15 June 2010,

Streetgames wins bronze at Public Health Awards 2010

StreetGames, the national charity dedicated to developing doorstep sport in disadvantaged communities, has won the Bronze at this year's Chief Medical Officer's Public Health Awards.

Private sector partner Equity Solutions LIFT companies Community 1st Oldham, Community 1st Sheffield and Community 1st Cornwall sponsored various programmes of healthy living initiatives and events run by StreetGames, including annual free entry Run4Fun events and a range of sport and youth activities across each LIFT area. By combining the sponsorship funds available across the three LIFT companies through Equity Solutions, additional match funds were also secured from the National Sports Foundation to make an even greater impact.

In its first year, the Community 1st sponsored programmes delivered by StreetGames have carried out over 1,000 sessions across the three LIFT areas in various disadvantaged communities, with over 24,000 attendances.

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, announced the news at a special ceremony held at the Royal College of Physicians in London to celebrate the dedication, innovation and passion shown by those working in the public health arena.

StreetGames impressed the judges by demonstrating how doorstep sport can be used as an effective mechanism for tackling health inequalities, particularly in areas of deprivation. In just three years the charity has generated over 1 million attendances through its network of doorstep sport projects. These community projects use volunteers to act as mentors and role models in their own neighbourhoods, inspiring younger children to get regularly involved with a range of sports and activities.

Congratulating all the winners, Sir Liam Donaldson said: "It is my great pleasure to announce the winners of the Chief Medical Officer's Public Health Awards for 2010. This is only the second year of the awards, and I am delighted that the submissions maintained the high standard set last year. We received a wide range of important and inspiring entries, ranging from small, community-based projects to national initiatives run by large organisations and charities. All the finalists are truly inspirational, and their projects are beacons of good practice in the field of public health."

Equity Solutions and the Community 1st LIFT companies are proud to be able to provide much needed additional sponsorship to support these worthwhile activities in our LIFT areas.

For further information please contact Equity Solutions